If the trend continues, DeMott argues, we are in danger of losing touch with our basic democratic ideals. Tonight, On Point: where the language of politicians, the media and Americans is leading us.
Benjamin DeMott, author of forthcoming "Junk Politics", and "You Don't Say: Modern American Inhibitions" (2002), "The Imperial Middle: Why Americans Can't Think Straight about Class" (1992), "The Trouble with Friendship
Why Americans Can't Think Straight about Race" (1998)
This program aired on November 18, 2003.